We propose assessing groundwater, gas and geotechnical issues below the site by constructing 2 No.boreholes into the underlying superficial strata. It is anticipated that each borehole will need to be drilled toa depth of around 7 – 10 m below ground level (bgl). Each borehole will be fitted with combinedgroundwater and soil gas monitoring instrumentation (HDPE stand-pipes), completed with lockable covers.At this stage we have not allowed for the boreholes to be surveyed to ordnance datum.During the construction of each monitoring borehole Standard Penetration Test (SPT) data will be collectedat regular depth intervals and bulk soil samples recovered for laboratory geotechnical testing. These datawill feed into the overall geotechnical appraisal. All boreholes will be allowed time to adjust post installationand then developed, or purged, prior to groundwater sampling.
Laboratory Analytical Testing
Soil and Groundwater Chemistry
Representative soil samples from each geological horizon will be recovered for analysis by a UKAS andMCERTS accredited laboratory for a comprehensive range of determinants. These will include thoseincluded under the CLEA guidance, as well as pH, nickel, copper, cyanide, sulphate, mercury, selenium,zinc, speciated PAH, TPH and volatile organic compounds. In addition, soils will be routinely screened forAsbestos Containing Materials (ACM’s). A similar range of analysis will be carried out on representativegroundwater samples recovered from the monitoring boreholes. We have allowed for the following numberof samples in our proposal: -
Up to 12 No. soil samples for chemical analysis and/or leachability testing; and
A total of 2 No. groundwater samples (one from each of the boreholes).
In addition to in-situ field testing for geotechnical parameters, sub-sampling and laboratory geotechnicaltesting will be carried out on representative soil samples in accordance with the Specification for GroundInvestigation Thomas Telford (1993) and include Particle Size Distribution, Atterberg limit testing, watersoluble sulphate and pH analysis.
A combined Geo-Environmental and Geotechnical baseline assessment report will be produced. The reportwill include geotechnical recommendations relevant to the proposed development, i.e. likely foundationrequirements and allowable bearing pressures, and will provide a Tier 1 assessment of soil and controlledwater contamination issues associated with the site, sensitive to a range of potential end uses (including aresidential end-use). As a matter of course, the report will also incorporate the findings of our desk basedreview of the 2001 study and include a refined CSM. An assessment of soil gas risk will also be made andallowed for in any preliminary foundation design advice. The methods for all assessment will be inaccordance with current best practice guidance.At this stage we feel it is unlikely that there will be a need for a fully quantitative soils or controlled water riskassessment. This therefore has not been costed for.